HUNTERS Book #2-Eli & Sarel by Shiloh Walker-a review
For the fans of Shiloh Walker’s Hunter series, the author is currently re-releasing all of the previous stories in ebook format. Shiloh is hoping to release most of the storylines in 2012.
HUNTERS: Book #2-Eli and Sarel
HUNTERS: Eli and Sarel is the second instalment in Shiloh Walker’s Hunter series. Elija Crawford is a hunter. A master vampire who’s only desire is to rid the world of the human scum that preys on innocent women and children. When a young human female is the next victim of her father’s murderous rage, Elijah must enact swift justice. Saving the life of the young child, Eli soon learns that there is a missing sister who may have fallen victim before he could bring her to safety. But years later, his best friend Declan has mated, and Eli struggles with his loneliness. Although he is often included in their sexual escapades, Eli continues to search for the allusive someone.
Sarel Chandler wants revenge against the vampire that destroyed her family. As a young witch only coming into her powers, Sarel uses every means at her disposal to perfect the poison that would slowly kill the creature that took her sister and killed her parents. With deadly aim, Sarel Chandler takes down Elijah Crawford for a crime that she has always presumed he committed. But when the truth of what happened that night so many years ago is finally revealed, Sarel learns that Elijah had rescued her sister and she has been under his protection all this time. Now there is only one antidote to save the dying vampire –her blood has the power to reverse the effects of the poisons that continue to eat away. Hoping to offer some semblance of apology, Sarel must allow Elijah to feed from her vein. But the connection between the vampire and the young witch is so strong, that Elijah soon recognizes that Sarel will one day be his mate.
Sarel knew she was to be punished for her attack against Eli, but to her surprise, Eli had chosen to send her away- to a school for young supernatural beings-to harness and learn to control her powers. And there was a bonus-she would be able to reunite with her younger sister. But a five-year separation is difficult for both Eli and Sarel. Although neither is aware of each other’s true feelings, Sarel knows that her attempt to kill Eli, has not fostered any friends with the Council. Upon her return, Sarel believes that her punishment has only begun when Eli is paired as her mentor. Believing Eli will enact revenge, Sarel’s feelings for Eli continue to surface only to learn that it was Eli who requested the pairing.
A strong sexual relationship develops between Eli and Sarel, but her self-esteem continues to plummet when she realizes that Eli is in love with his best-friend’s mate. And to complicate matters, Eli is often included in the couple’s sexual fantasies. Believing she will never be enough for Eli, Sarel begins to withdraw and Eli has no choice but to send her away once again. But the couple now has a mate-bond, and although both refuse to admit their love and acknowledge their bond, the separation begins to slowly eat away at Eli and Sarel to the point that neither may ever recover. It will take a not-so friendly push from the ‘other woman’ to force Sarel back to the only man she will ever love.
HUNTERS: Eli and Sarel is an erotic, paranormal fantasy with plenty of sexual scenarios involving 2-4 people at any time. But saying that, there is a storyline of love, betrayal and forgiveness, as well as the continued Hunter series of investigations and vigilante justice for those who have been assaulted or killed. The anxiety between the couple is high, as neither is willing to admit to their true feelings, but the love and mate-bond will flourish and a HEA is always inevitable. At one point I was worried, when it appeared that there would be no way to affect closure for two people so hurt, yet so much in love, but Shiloh wraps up the story in a neat little package, whereby, even a young witch can tame a wild heart.
Reviewed by Sandy
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN ebook Format
Hunters: Declan and Tori (Book 1)
Hunters: Eli and Sarel (Book 2)
Hunters: Byron and Kit (Book 3)
Hunters: Jonathan and Lori (Book 4)